Knitting and Crocheting for the Homeless, True Confession

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Our knitting and crocheting for the homeless and other charities group was meeting this last weekend.  Noel had brought yummy food and I was having a big plate of it.  I believe it was Terry who asked, “Paula are you going to knit anything?”

The room went silent.  You could hear a knitting needle drop (tee-hee).  I responded, “Well I don’t want to rush into anything, isn’t this only our second meetup?”  Someone else chipped in, “Um, no this is our third session….”  (Unsaid by entire group: “And you haven’t started on anything yet.”)

Some sweet lady piped up “She has been taking pictures for us…..”

Okay, I admit it.  The perfect tension control exhibited by the kids is a bit intimidating.  I haven’t knit or crochet forever and those adorable young people are intimidating me with their perfect tension and perfect looking projects.

I did pick out these two beautiful skeins of yarn to start with.  I talked to Nancy, one of our fearless leaders, about what I should start with and we decided simple 8″ squares that can later be sewn into prayer blankets.  That way, until I get my tension control um controlled, I can just measure until I have 8″.  Brilliant!

Now I will just let these two skeins of yarn season a bit…….. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Storms a Coming, Hats and Scarves for Homeless and Other Projects

Colorado has been having a very very cold winter.  The shelters have sent out a plea for more hats and scarves for the homeless. The Simpson group, although many are beginners, have completed a few projects and are working hard on getting more done to beat the cold weather.

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We plan to get together twice a month so the more experienced crafters can help the beginners complete their projects or answer questions.

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One of the group has finished these lovely soft hats. These are for people who’ve lost their hair due to the chemotherapy treatments.

These hats are going to be appreciated on those tender heads during this next snowstorm.

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Scarves and hats for the homeless, knitting and crochet group Feb 2015

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The second meeting of the Scarves and Hats for the Homeless, Knitting and Crochet Group took place February 15th.  Once again the children were the fastest learners and had the best tension control.

The group discussed other projects such as:

  • Having a ton of fun!
  • Prayer afghans where the members would each knit or crochet 8″ squares to be joined together for special prayer blankets.
  • Knitted and crocheted stuffed animals for children.
  • Holiday gifts for those in need of cheer.
  • Sweaters for rescue dogs at a Jefferson County shelter.
  • Mittens.
  • Fun personal projects that the more experienced will help the newbies with such as shawls, purses, other items.

If you would like to join us at Simpson United Methodist Church in Arvada, Colorado the group is a community group for anyone interested and we hope to meet about every other week.  Send me a comment and I will make sure you get a contact.

Here are some of the personal projects the more experienced ladies have been working on:

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Gotta hurry before the baby grows anymore!

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Warmest mittens ever!

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Felted purses too cool!

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Much needed sweaters for rescue dogs.

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We’d love to have your ideas, company and help!

 

Simpson UMC hats and scarves for the homeless

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Our first get together for the Simpson UMC newest outreach program.  Knitting and crocheting hats and scarves for the homeless.

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The children are the fastest learners and they have the best tension control.

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Donated yarn and many lovely colors it’s fun to work on a project that delights the eyes!

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Several experienced ladies taught the less experienced and new projects are in the works already.

Patterns designed and donated by Nancy Shook who also was our fearless leader here.

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Thank you Nancy, Terry, and Becky for your patience today. We’re looking forward to your helping us with our future projects.

 

Make my Day, Sandy the Quilt Queen

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My friend Sandy has a real talent for quilting. Not everybody can put together fabric and scraps of fabric the way she does and make such wonderful pieces of art.

When she uses “scraps” to make a quilt those quilts are as amazing as any other quilts I’ve seen.

She’s not afraid to use bold colors which I find exhilarating.

She is one of  those amazing women who, through kindness and generosity, has helped fill the void left by the loss of my sister.

She knows my house is hardwood floors and not friendly to lounging dogs.  She also knows that my companion dogs have been on the front lines supporting me through some recent challenges and are my immediate family.

One of my dogs is elderly and and needs lots of blankets to lounge on the hardwood floors to keep comfortable.

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Sandy, in her own way of coming to conclusions, has decided that my dogs need their own quilts.

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She did make a matching quilt for me to this dog quilt but the dog quilt came first!

She also made me this awesome billfold many years ago which I just have not been able to use because it is just too cool.  I bring it out to look at over and over but it is a real piece of art and is just for my enjoyment it will never be a billfold!

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So how did I get so lucky to have a friend who knew that the best way to give me comfort was to comfort and include my pets?

 

Sandy’s Quilting Gift to Her Fellow Tadpoles

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One of the tadpoles in our swim group, Sandy, is a truly gifted quilter.

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We got together for a meal one night, fore going the actual tadpoles in the water workout, and Sandy brought each of her fellow tadpoles these awesome quilted microwave potholders.

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They have a little dart action in them so they curl up and hug your bowl.  Too clever!  You put the bowl and pot holder in the microwave and if your stuff overflows these handy dandy potholders catch any spillover.  Just chuck them in the washer!

Thank you Sandy for saving the tadpoles from having to clean up microwave spills!